LEDs and Sombreros

 The Arkaba is one of the best venues going around. High above the sports bar, sits this visually stimulating stages, harkening back to the Floridian druglord clubs of the 80's. Gone are the pastel suits though. In its place is the latino covers of some of your favourite classics, as well as some mediterranean staples. Tropical Sound graced the stage on cold night in August, back lit by one my favourite accessories ever included; a massive light panel. Party on Garth.

The Arkaba is one of the best venues going around. High above the sports bar, sits this visually stimulating stages, harkening back to the Floridian druglord clubs of the 80's. Gone are the pastel suits though. In its place is the latino covers of some of your favourite classics, as well as some mediterranean staples. Tropical Sound graced the stage on cold night in August, back lit by one my favourite accessories ever included; a massive light panel. Party on Garth.

Off in May (GALLERY)

 Last year, I missed this.  A full month of some of the most vivid and colourful displays. Forget spring, autumn is most colourful season and May is the epitome of this.  Stretching from the beaches of Grange to the rolling hills of Lofty, I spent three weeks behind the camera revisiting some Autumn treasures and discovering some new hot spots. Amongst the wind, rain, and storms, these pictures count amongst some of my favourites.

Last year, I missed this.

A full month of some of the most vivid and colourful displays. Forget spring, autumn is most colourful season and May is the epitome of this.

Stretching from the beaches of Grange to the rolling hills of Lofty, I spent three weeks behind the camera revisiting some Autumn treasures and discovering some new hot spots. Amongst the wind, rain, and storms, these pictures count amongst some of my favourites.

Semaphores and Other Flying Things (GALLERY)

 The Adelaide International Kite Festival hit the shores of Semaphore over the Easter weekend.  At the end of a cooler week for Adelaide, winds were expected to pick up for the colours and canvas. This forecast was incorrect, and while the smaller kites torn through the blue, the larger ones struggled to take to the air.  It was still a fantastic day for photos though. Lucid and trippy cloud patterns coloured the sky, and there was plenty of kinetic movement to play with.  The shoot was not entirely awesome. It was a bright day and, as a result, it was harder to coordinate the iris and white balance in such glare. Shoots like this are great examples of how useful a long range zoom lens with a decent aperture would be. Like shooting wildlife, I wished for more organic bokeh for these subjects. The end results for the day were some decent photos to look at, but I could have done better.  What do you guys think? Be sure to leave a down below and share your opinion.

The Adelaide International Kite Festival hit the shores of Semaphore over the Easter weekend.  At the end of a cooler week for Adelaide, winds were expected to pick up for the colours and canvas. This forecast was incorrect, and while the smaller kites torn through the blue, the larger ones struggled to take to the air.

It was still a fantastic day for photos though. Lucid and trippy cloud patterns coloured the sky, and there was plenty of kinetic movement to play with.

The shoot was not entirely awesome. It was a bright day and, as a result, it was harder to coordinate the iris and white balance in such glare. Shoots like this are great examples of how useful a long range zoom lens with a decent aperture would be. Like shooting wildlife, I wished for more organic bokeh for these subjects. The end results for the day were some decent photos to look at, but I could have done better.

What do you guys think? Be sure to leave a down below and share your opinion.

The Online Store is Now OPEN!!

I'm always being asked if I sell my photos online. The idea of selling, sales and business in general frighten the bejesus out of me; starting a business is daunting, setting up a retail hub terrifies me. But people continue to ask me how they can get their hands on a print for their wall. 

As such, I have decided start to delve into the retail area. This first print I have for sale is a favourite of mine. Taken under the Grange jetty, this 40cm x 50cm canvas print is a great addition to your home/shack. Head to www.smcardlephotography.com/new-products/under-the-grange-jetty for more information or to purchase.

$80.00 (plus $5.00 shipping)

Only shipping within Australia.

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Bright (GALLERY)

 And we're back... finally.  While being away is refreshing for the eyes, I'm ready for new photographic challenges in 2018. Rest assured I wont be lazing about the states beaches in the coming monthes, but on the hunt for new and curious photographic experiences.  In the meantime, I've explored Brighton Beach. It's a beach that gives off an industrial feel with its hulking jetty and imposing sand breaks. It's still a favourite of mine.

And we're back... finally.

While being away is refreshing for the eyes, I'm ready for new photographic challenges in 2018. Rest assured I wont be lazing about the states beaches in the coming monthes, but on the hunt for new and curious photographic experiences.

In the meantime, I've explored Brighton Beach. It's a beach that gives off an industrial feel with its hulking jetty and imposing sand breaks. It's still a favourite of mine.

Their New Port (GALLERY)

 In Pt Lincoln for the second time in 2017. While it was slow to bring out those damn fine landscapes the town is  usually  known for, the Port came good in the end.   It was just in time too. The lashing summer rains stopped an hour before show time for the girl and boy, and the overcast day provided some of the softest light for wedding photos. I can't wait to see what the  actual  professional has come up with.  My escapades are well documented within. Bonus points to those who can guess where my Canon 7D stops, and where the iPhone 6s Plus photos begin.

In Pt Lincoln for the second time in 2017. While it was slow to bring out those damn fine landscapes the town is usually known for, the Port came good in the end. 

It was just in time too. The lashing summer rains stopped an hour before show time for the girl and boy, and the overcast day provided some of the softest light for wedding photos. I can't wait to see what the actual professional has come up with.

My escapades are well documented within. Bonus points to those who can guess where my Canon 7D stops, and where the iPhone 6s Plus photos begin.

Only At Dawn (GALLERY)

 What do you do when you wake up at 4.30am and can't get back to sleep? Something constructive, of course.  Watch the people at Henley Beach at dawn. They aren't there because they  force  themselves to get up at ungodly hour and run the beach, or walk to the gym; they  live  in those ungodly hours. This is where they thrive.  What do you do when you look at the photos you have taken and realise that half have a noticeable splotch in the middle of them? You resign yourself to do better next time, and keep the ones you can tolerate. Let that be a lesson; always bring a towel.

What do you do when you wake up at 4.30am and can't get back to sleep? Something constructive, of course.

Watch the people at Henley Beach at dawn. They aren't there because they force themselves to get up at ungodly hour and run the beach, or walk to the gym; they live in those ungodly hours. This is where they thrive.

What do you do when you look at the photos you have taken and realise that half have a noticeable splotch in the middle of them? You resign yourself to do better next time, and keep the ones you can tolerate. Let that be a lesson; always bring a towel.

Winds Somewhere Safe to Sea (GALLERY)

 Nothing says summer like a generic photo of the beach at Grange. Glenelg is for the tourists and Semaphore is for the families. These beaches, though, are an epitome of summer and everything good about it. Its a showcase of why Adelaide's beaches are the best.

Nothing says summer like a generic photo of the beach at Grange. Glenelg is for the tourists and Semaphore is for the families. These beaches, though, are an epitome of summer and everything good about it. Its a showcase of why Adelaide's beaches are the best.

The Buddha and The Sheep (GALLERY)

 I've never had to go to Adelaide's southern suburbs. So I've never been.  A sore mistake on my behalf. If you have been in my position, head to Sellicks Beach/Hill. Adelaide turns into another country along these roads in the winter, the only reminder of this country being the copious amounts of trash just strewn along the roadside (how disgusting that is is another conversation).  Another landmark to at least scope out is the Buddha. Still surrounded by construction and a little underwhelming while blocked off to the public, but still a sight to see.

I've never had to go to Adelaide's southern suburbs. So I've never been.

A sore mistake on my behalf. If you have been in my position, head to Sellicks Beach/Hill. Adelaide turns into another country along these roads in the winter, the only reminder of this country being the copious amounts of trash just strewn along the roadside (how disgusting that is is another conversation).

Another landmark to at least scope out is the Buddha. Still surrounded by construction and a little underwhelming while blocked off to the public, but still a sight to see.

A Stone Cold Beach (GALLERY)

 A cold August afternoon/evening on the beach of Glenelg. A big thanks to who ever was practicing their surf lifesaving; you are far braver than any of us to get in that cold of water.

A cold August afternoon/evening on the beach of Glenelg. A big thanks to who ever was practicing their surf lifesaving; you are far braver than any of us to get in that cold of water.

Where the Wind Meets the Sea... (GALLERY)

 Sometimes Adelaide hosts the unexpected expected; I never would have guessed that this city would host a Kite Surfing/Boarding (not sure of the proper nomenclature) event, but it makes sense that it does. An awesome event on the beaches of Grange, well worth checking out if you ever stray across it. As I did in February.

Sometimes Adelaide hosts the unexpected expected; I never would have guessed that this city would host a Kite Surfing/Boarding (not sure of the proper nomenclature) event, but it makes sense that it does. An awesome event on the beaches of Grange, well worth checking out if you ever stray across it. As I did in February.

and the Sun Hits The Streets... (GALLERY)

 To follow up my adventures in Grange the previous day, i took up the advice of my friend and colleague Marc Orrock; "Photography the sunset in the city, and try and get the plane's silhouette as they come into land." I did NOT get the shadow I was hoping for. Regardless, this central business district really turned it on at 7pm on a Saturday.

To follow up my adventures in Grange the previous day, i took up the advice of my friend and colleague Marc Orrock; "Photography the sunset in the city, and try and get the plane's silhouette as they come into land." I did NOT get the shadow I was hoping for. Regardless, this central business district really turned it on at 7pm on a Saturday.